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There are more people in Springfield choosing to use public transportation. According to Springfield City Utilities there has been a 12-percent increase in ridership since last year. KSMU's Jana Greer has more.
City Utilities has been recognized by the Missouri Public Transit Association for having the highest increase in bus ridership in all of Missouri's urban transit systems. According to Springfield City Utilities there were over 19 thousand more rides on the city bus this July compared to July of 2006. Mark Viguet is the Director of Communications for City Utilities. He says there are a number of reasons why more people are riding the city bus.
The city bus is funded by federal and state funding as well as dollars from City Utilities. Any money that is made from the transit system goes back into the system, but Viguet says it does not make enough money to be self-sustained. Viguet says that public transportation is important to the community and you should not be afraid to give it a try.
For more information about bus routes, you can visit our website at ksmu.org where you can be linked to the city utilities website.